Thursday, November 6, 2008

Climate cooling since 1998

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist and World War II Marine who writes for

Excerpts include:

"The Earth is not warming. The 28-year period of warming between 1970 and 1998 stopped dead in its tracks, and the climate has been cooling ever since.

Meteorologist and Weather Channel founder John Coleman put it this way: �In the face of a rapidly cooling planet, all the proponents of global warming can do is to lamely suggest that global warming has gone on vacation and is taking a 10-year hiatus on account of the absence of sun spots.

The climate is in a cooling phase: A pronounced global cooling has set in so far this century. This year, most of the northern hemisphere, except for Western Europe, experienced what most scientists say was the harshest winter in decades.

And this year, winter has come early with record-breaking cold and October blizzards.

I have reported previously that 13 top scientists, including one Nobel Prize winner, wrote a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon saying that, while carbon dioxide levels have continued to rise, global temperatures have fallen, dramatically contradicting the claim that high carbon dioxide levels cause global warming."


Neoporcupine said...

Not really. You need more of the full story.

George said...

... * 1998 was an abnormally warm year because of the strong El Nino effect, whereas 2008 was cooled by the opposite phenomenon - La Nina - so choosing this period is "cherry-picking".

Mike Lockwood, a physicist from the UK's Reading University whose work has helped quantify the relative influences of various factors on temperatures, is especially vehement about the third of these points.

"Why pick a date other than it suits your argument?" he says.

"If I take 1997 or 1999 as the starting point, temperatures rise; so what right have you got to take 1998? That's bad science - a really specious argument."...

...The broad outline, though, deviates little from the IPCC's conclusions -unequivocal evidence of warming, more than 90% likelihood that humanity's emissions of greenhouse gases were principally to blame, projections of temperature and sea level rise, declining crop yields, mountain glacier melt, and considerable damage to ecosystems and the human economy.